Hundreds of State Student Aid Supporters Gather in Albany

News Date: 2/10/2015

Albany, NY – More than 600 high school and college students, faculty and staff representing more than 40 colleges and university groups and supporting organizations from across New York State gathered in the “Well” of the Legislative Office Building in Albany today to share their stories about the value of state student aid programs. Their focus will be on the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), Graduate TAP, the Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), the Science and Technology Entry programs (STEP/C-STEP), and the Liberty Partnerships Program (LPP).

The program began at 10:30 a.m. with remarks from Laura L. Anglin, president of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities and beginning at 11:15 a.m. students and alumni shared their stories about what student aid means to them. Attendees include students, faculty and staff from independent (private, not-for-profit) and public colleges and universities in New York State; financial aid and opportunity program administrators and supporters; and legislators and higher education policymakers.

Laura L. Anglin, President of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities, the statewide association for more than 100 private, not-for-profit New York State colleges and universities that coordinates the New York Student Aid Alliance, said, "By participating in Advocacy Day our students have an opportunity to tell their stories about what student aid means to them. This will help show legislators how critical investments in state student aid programs including the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) are making higher education possible for hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers.”

More than 370,000 students annually depend on state student aid programs to achieve their college aspirations. More than four million students have received state aid to help meet their college expenses over the past four decades.

The New York Student Aid Alliance is a coalition of New York State public and private campuses, their students, and stakeholder organizations that support funding vital student aid programs for students in New York State. For more information, visit: www.nystudentaidalliance.org.

Participating Campuses:

•  Cazenovia College
•  College of Mount Saint Vincent
•  Cornell University
•  CUNY Hunter College LPP
•  CUNY Kingsborough Community College LPP
•  Fordham University
•  Hamilton College
•  Keuka College
•  Le Moyne College and LeMoyne LPP /STEP Programs
•  LIU Brooklyn
•  Manhattan College
•  Maria College
•  Marist College
•  Mercy College
•  Metropolitan College of New York
•  Mount Saint Mary College
•  New York Institute of Technology
•  New York University
•  Nyack College
•  Paul Smith's College
•  Pratt Institute
•  Russell Sage College and Sage College of Albany
•  Siena College
•  Skidmore College
•  St. Francis College
•  St. John's University
•  SUNY Cobleskill LPP
•  SUNY Farmingdale State College LPP
•  SUNY Fulton Montgomery Community College LPP
•  SUNY Mohawk Valley Community College
•  SUNY Morrisville State College and SUNY Morrisville LPP
•  SUNY Niagara County Community College LPP
•  SUNY Schenectady County Community College
•  SUNY University at Buffalo LPP
•  Union College and Union College STEP
•  Utica College

Participating supporting organizations:

•  Association of Program Administrators for CSTEP and STEP (APACS)
•  The Friends of the New York State Liberty Partnerships, Inc.
•  HEOP Professionals Organization (HEOP-PO)
•  New York State Smart Scholars Program
•  NYSACAC

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Contacts:
Terri Standish-Kuon, (518-436-4781; terri@cicu.org); Jennifer Miller, (518-436-4781; jennifer@cicu.org)